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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan, what happened on Sunday Feb. 19, 2012 at San Francisco Writers Conference?
Here’s another example on how to help yourself by helping your loyal pals. It’s the fourth and last day of the fabulous conference.
On the first day of SFWC (Thursday Feb. 16, 2012) I had arrived at the Mark Hopkins by 12:30pm–saw dear friends; rehearsed with Mary E. Knippel and fine-tuned my portion of our presentation “Be Your Own Editor” (scheduled for 6:00pm that day). What happened? Here’s that post.
On the second day of SFWC (Friday Feb. 17, 2012) My presentation ” Blowing Up Your Balloon: Writing a Tagline That Will Sell You and Your Book” with Elisa Sasa Southard was scheduled for 9:00am and I put on my “Story Consultant/Platform-Building Coach” combo hat and met with over a dozen authors one on one. Here’s that post.
On the third day of SFWC (Saturday Feb. 18, 2012) I put on my “Story Consultant/Platform-Building Coach” combo hat again and met with over 30 authors one on one. Here’s that post.
On the fourth and last day of SFWC (Sunday Feb. 19, 2012) . . . here are some highlights:
I said goodbye to Tour Director Sasa Southard, Joyce Turley and the other folks at Washington Square. Then I walked to Mason Street to catch a cable car. While walking up Mason Street toward the Mark Hopkins, I ran into Lori Henriksen and her partner. Lori, I can’t wait to read your book! Happy platform-building!
I got to the Six Continents room and was delighted to see Rebecca Martin & Lori Noack assisting our pal Martha Alderson. Mary E. Knippel was there too. Linda Lee had been with them in the morning, while I was with Sasa Southard.
Also, I was happy to see Kenneth Ogalvie, Christopher Eng and Joanne Huspek at Plot Whisperer Martha’s enlightening session. Creating plotline is “a must” not only for fiction but also for narrative nonfiction.
In the hallway I ran into dear Kathi Kamen-Goldmark (so good to see Kathi!) and Sam Barry (good to see Sam too). I’ll be blogging about Kathi real soon.
One of the biggest rewards was having a moment with dear Laurie Fox and Lolly Winston with my pal Martha Alderson. I was overjoyed.
Vicki Weiland and Luisa Adams, how I missed you both. You both had emailed/called before the conference commenced. I love you gals.
Just when Martha and I were about to walk out of the Rooms of the Dons (a.k.a. SFWC’s Café Ferlinghetti), Leigh Anne Lindsey of SeaStorm Press entered with a “real” video camera and asked me about the 2 sessions I co-presented on Thursday night and Friday morning. Leigh Anne is a colleague through Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) and California Writers Club (CWC). Robbi Bryant was with Leigh Anne–always fun to see them.
From reviewing the program, I know there were another 20 WNBA members who were at SFWC but I didn’t get to chat with them. Linda Joy Myers, co-president of WNBA-SF Chapter and founder of National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), had orchestrated the WNBA exhibit at the conference!
When the 5 of us got back to the Mark Hopkins, Elizabeth Pomada asked if we wanted the lush centerpieces (garden-in-pots). I was already schlepping my-show-in-suitcase, so, I didn’t have room for one. However thank you so much, Elizabeth! Buddy Martha Alderson gave me a ride to downtown San Francisco; I walked into Nordstrom, found a quiet spot to unwind, read some pages from Mary Jo McConahay’s Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest (cannot put down this spellbinding read) before meeting with Birgit Soyka to return her camera tripod.
Thank you, buddy Mary E. Knippel, for orchestrating the independent editors program and to all the wonderful volunteers who kept everyone on schedule on Friday and Saturday in the Garden Room!
Thank you, Elizabeth Pomada & Michael Larsen, Barbara Santos & Richard Santos, Laurie McLean, Linda Lee, every volunteer, every SFWC advisory board member and sponsor, SFWC organizational team, Patrick and his team, all fellow co-presenters, speakers, registrants, Mark Hopkins team, and everyone (online, in-person) who played a role in making the conference the most delightful event of the year!
I was “high” going home. It’s two weeks later, I’m still high. How I love being the Story Consultant & Writers’ Platform-Building Coach.
“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!”
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As editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying their themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story. http://writingcoachteresa.com
Her novel Love Made of Heart is used in college composition classes. Thank you, Teachers & Students!
International plot consultant Martha Alderson reflects on the development of plot and structure for writers to achieve maximum reader connection and enjoyment. Home of: INTERNATIONAL PLOT WRITING MONTH: December AKA PostNaNoPlot Perfection
Martha Alderson’s blog post: 17 August 2011
Watch your delivery of backstory ~ the story of what, in the past, made the character who they are today (in story time).
Dear Plot Whisperer Martha,
Your advice “Not telling everything makes the reader curious. Curiosity draws the reader deeper into the story world.” is golden.
When I edit my hard-working clients’ manuscripts, I see their desire to ‘inform’ (especially in the first quarter of the story); and I give them this analogy: “Engaging the reader within the first 5 pages is so much like hooking attention on a first date, the next five pages on a second date, and so on, and so on. Intrigue the reader, not overwhelm her/him.”
Martha, I am so excited that your new book will be available in October! Lucky us writers and manuscript consultants!
Cheers to you!
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